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The Complicated Life of Being The Caregiver

by Jane Ashley

As if being diagnosed with cancer is not bad enough, working out the logistics of a prolonged and complex treatment might prove even harder. I sometimes think of those early days after my diagnosis when my husband, who was my caregiver, and I were so naïve about what we would be facing with my Stage IV rectal cancer diagnosis.

The Complicated Life Of Being A Caregiver

But we did make one commitment to each other, and that was that we would try to navigate this terrible diagnosis “one day at a time.” But in looking back at those...

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Palliative Care - Finding Symptom Relief

by Jane Ashley

Confused about what palliative care is? Has someone suggested that you receive palliative care but you’re afraid that it’s the same thing as hospice? There is quite a bit of confusion about palliative care and how it may benefit cancer patients.

Palliative Care Finding Symptom Relief

What is palliative care?

Palliative care seeks to relieve a patient’s symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life. Palliative care provides patients relief from both the symptoms of their disease and the symptoms created by their treatment.

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Persevering and Overcoming - A Story of a 30-Year Cancer Fight

by Glen Kirkpatrick

My life with my wife Debbie, and our three-year-old son Russell was wonderful before cancer. Our memory building times together included family dinners, the days we spent swimming in our pool, taking trips to the San Diego Zoo, and enjoying extended vacations. Leading up to my first cancer diagnosis I was serving as a police officer with the City of Manhattan Beach, California. My wife was working in the animal healthcare field.

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I STOOD OUTSIDE IN THE POURING RAIN. As the water washed over...

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Tips to Avoid Weight Loss During Chemo or After Surgery

by Jane Ashley

Loss of appetite (due to nausea, fatigue, mouth sores, difficulty in swallowing or taste changes) leads to unintentional weight loss during chemo. Unless your oncology team has recommended that you lose weight, it’s best to maintain your weight and muscle mass during treatment.

Losing Weight During Chemo Or After Surgery

Be sure to tell your oncologist about these symptoms and their impact on your appetite.

• Nausea/vomiting . Your oncologist team wants to help you avoid nausea, but they can’t help you if you don’t tell them....

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What is Neutropenia and Why I Should Follow a Neutropenic Diet

by Jane Ashley

If you were like me, you’ve never heard of neutropenia (pronounced noo-troe-PEE-nee-uh). When I went in for my fourth chemotherapy infusion, my oncologist came in after receiving my lab results. She was always upbeat and had a smile on her face. She said, “No chemo for you today!”

What Is Nutropenia And Why I Should Follow A Neutropenic Diet

I thought to myself, “No chemo? I want/need to have my chemo.” That which I first feared had become my friend. Already, I understood that chemo was an integral part of my treatment.

She explained, “Your neutrophil...

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Stage IV Melanoma...It's NOT Just Skin Cancer!

by Holly Flores

Today's Guest Blog Post is from "HFlores", she is a Stage IV Malignant Melanoma patient/survivor currently in treatment. While she is still fighting a serious fight she is still trying to live her life as normal as possible. 

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In the spring of 2014, my hairdresser noticed a mole on my scalp that appeared to be changing color. After a biopsy in August, it was confirmed I had Malignant Melanoma. On September 11th, I was wheeled in for a 4-hour surgery (wide excision of the scalp) and...

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Cancer Friends-What To Say And Do When They Progress To Stage IV

by Jane Ashley

When we are diagnosed with cancer, we may lose some friends because they don’t know what to say or are unable to cope with our cancer diagnosis. But, we gain new friends who also have cancer. We meet these new friends at our chemo or radiation center or through a Facebook group or an online message board.

When Your Friend Has Stage Iv Cancer

These friendships may become strong and lasting. But what do you say and do when your treatment is going well and your friend’s cancer has progressed? What do you say if they become Stage...

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Keeping the Worry of Recurrence Out of Mind

by GregP_WN

Have you heard the expression "Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, but it steals today's peace"?  For cancer survivors, this is hard to do though. Here are some tips on keeping the worry of recurrence out of mind.

Worrying Does Not Take Away Tomorrows Troubles. It Takes Away Todays Peace1

That quote is full of TRUTH! I have always been a person with an extremely positive attitude. That was drilled into me when I was a young man starting out in the insurance business. Every day started with positive thoughts, positive affirmations, and the drive to...

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Hitting Pause: Creating Your Own Battle Plan Against Cancer

by Jackie Edwards

Guest Blog Post by Jackie Edwards

According to the United States government, over 14 million United States citizens have some form of cancer. Rather than giving in to the depression that comes with a cancer diagnosis, many cancer patients are beginning to empower themselves with control over treatment options. These people find it easier to accept mainstream medicine and help themselves living healthier lives during treatment.

Hitting Pause Creating Your Own Battle Plan Against Cancer

The Diagnosis is Cancer

Initially, after the diagnosis, the shock...

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What Is the NCCN and Why You Should Download Their Treatment Guidelines

by Jane Ashley

Many cancer patients have never heard of the NCCN.

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So what is the NCCN? And why is it important to me? The NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) is a coalition of 27 prominent cancer centers committed to patient care and cancer research to improve the quality and effectiveness of care.

You may think this means meetings and conferences just for oncologists, surgeons and other cancer treatment specialists. But the NCCN is committed to improving care on a day-to-day basis whether the...

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